Thursday, March 31, 2016


Got up this morning feeling reflective, what do I want to do this year, something to mark the mile stone of turning sixty. Went for a walk out to the bluff. It was windy but there was warmth coming off the sun and only little tiny piles of snow left in the shady spots. I decided to try and meditate,(one of the new things I would like to learn this year) so I found a dry clump of old straw grass and sat down. Closing my eyes I was aware of the sound of the ocean waves, the cool breeze on my face and my cold hands. Trying to quite my mind I chanted to myself " calm and happy, calm and happy." I will have to come up with something better than that. I kept pushing aside thoughts as they came in. I think I lasted about 3 or 4 minutes, not very good but it's a start. Headed home and Robert had made me ham and eggs for breakfast with a steaming cup of hot coffee. Sitting at the bead table  I snapped a picture of the order I'm working on. Robert said "Let's get one of you and Crazy before I take the snow tires off."  So the day I turned sixty has been documented for posterity. I think maybe my chant this morning was right on the mark. Calm and happy...

Friday, March 18, 2016


I've really been obsessed with all the wonderful beetles there are out there. I love the look of them with their hard, shiny wings. The amazing colors they sport certainly lend themselves to my beadwork projects. Here are a couple of cuffs I've completed. There are two more that have been designed and will be coming soon, but they will have to go on hold while I work on filling my next order. I plan on exploring the insect world much, much more.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Wow, I'm so in love with this new leather. I hemmed and hawed when buying it because it's stiff, and I usually use a more pliable hide but the gorgeous turquoise color was irresistible.  It turns out it's not any harder to lazy stitch through and it is giving this piece that I dissected new life. Do you ever have one of those pieces you are just not happy with? This was that way, I didn't like it on the black leather and the strap was weird so I knew it would be a redo. Like I said, I love, love, love it now. I think I'll have to order the hot pink hide too, feeling very inspired!